Konta through as Broady struggles on breezy court one

Johanna Konta
Johanna Konta

Eastbourne’s Johanna Konta won the battle of the Brits as she beat British women’s number six Naomi Broady in the first round of qualifying.

The Australian-born British number five lost the first set but bounced back to take the second and third, the latter of which after a tie-break.

Broady seemed to be the stronger of the duo, coming out with guns blazing and, despite getting frustrated with the very blustery conditions, she managed to take the first set 6-3.

Things appeared to be going even further downhill for Konta as she was forced to receive medical treatment after taking a tumble in the opening set.

However, the world number 214 bounced back in emphatic style, powering to a 6-1 victory in the second set as Broady became more and more annoyed with her performance.

Buoyed by her return into the match, Konta headed into the third and final set on high confidence, which showed as she broke Broady’s opening serve.

Five more breaks of serve were to follow in the set, with world number 219 Broady always answering back to Konta’s attempts to seal the match.

Konta and Broady, who are 21 and 22 years old respectively, could not be separated as they prepared for a deciding-set tie-break, but it was Konta who rose to the challenge.

The recently-granted British citizen found herself 6-3 up before Broady mustered an attempt at a fight-back.

But lady luck was not on Broady’s side when a return shot clipped the top of the net and appeared to be falling in her favour before the wind swayed it the opposite way.

It was the final straw for a defeated Broady as Konta won one more point to ensure the victory and set up a match with either Elena Vesnina or Tamarine Tanasugarn.